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Regarding the Skullvines forum

Posted in News, Skullvines Press with tags , , , , , , , on April 16, 2010 by Jerrod Balzer

A lot of you now know what happened to the Skullvines forum but some may not, so I thought I’d offer the details.

But first off, please accept my sincere apologies. While there was one point to the crash where an error message came up saying, “Hacker?” I think it was something I did.

Since I was on Skype with S.D. discussing opening a new store at the time, he was there when it happened. I was upgrading it to the latest version, which involved getting into the server and messing with files there. Something went wrong and it was most likely user error on my part. It was also my first day of being on depakote, so I probably shouldn’t have been screwing with anything too complicated.

Going from memory, this is approximately how our Skype conversation went down:

JB: Got the upgrade done, and all seems okay.

SD: Great!

JB: Wait, where’d the news feed go?

SD: Hm, I can’t embed YouTube videos anymore.

JB: I bet the mods that allow that stuff didn’t take well to the upgrade. Wait, there’s a bunch of gibberish at the top of the screen now.

SD: I see that? I wonder what it is.

JB: I’ll uninstall those mods to see if it goes away… nope, now there’s more.

SD: Could it be something with the theme? Maybe we should try another.

JB: Yeah, I’ll switch to the basic theme for now… Nope still there. And I can’t switch back to any other themes now! What the hell?

SD: Man, that’s weird. Can’t we re-install?

JB: I’m worried we’d lose all the posts. I can’t seem to get back-up working.

SD: Damn.

JB: Shitty SMF.

SD: They’ve been giving us problems since day one. There was another software to use, wasn’t there? Maybe we should us that, instead.

JB: Good idea! I only went with SMF cuz I love the Twisted Sister song of the same name… Hey, I have an idea! Since we just created the site for the new store we’re getting ready for, let’s start the new forum there. It would make more sense to have it in a store so all the customers and companies can hang there.

SD: But the store isn’t ready yet.

JB: True, but we could have the forum going and work on the store from there. Everybody knows we do things ass-backwards, anyway.

SD: I agree. Let’s do it.

JB: And I can try to copy/paste as many cool posts from the old and bring them to the new, so a lot of that hard work isn’t lost. We could let the users do it, too, if they want. Then kill the old one after that.

SD: Sure, if they want to do that. It’s a good option.

JB: Wait, it’s not there anymore. Now there’s just a bunch of error crap all over the screen. I think it’s crashed and burned.

SD: Oh shit. Well, I’ll let people know. They’ll be asking what happened.

JB: Just blame me. I’m sure I did something wrong.

SD: And what’s funny is you were able to get a message on the news feed saying, “We’re upgrading. Let us know if anything goes apeshit.”

JB: Ha! Well, I think it did. Just tell everyone I burned it to the ground.

So there you have it. The paranoid part of me is concerned that people will thing it was done on purpose just to move it to the store’s site. Not true. I put a lot of hard work into that site, as well as all the users. There were great posts there that I (and I’m sure others) would dread trying to recreate. So it was far from intentional. But with the new one, I’ve already done an upgrade and it went perfectly. It’s a much easier program to work with, so I don’t think we’ll have a repeat. And it’s like SD said to me, “It’s the Internet where shit like this can happen at anytime, unfortunately. Everyone knows we work hard to keep the entertainment level as high as we can, and we’d never want to fuck that up on purpose.”

The store-in-progress is The Merchant’s Keep and we already have a lot of stores preparing to work with us. It will sell all genres on a consignment basis, and we’ll take a smaller cut than most (if not all) other stores. We figure stores get too greedy and therefore cut the throats of small presses, who are having enough trouble keeping afloat in today’s market.

If you’d like to watch the store being built, CLICK HERE. We’ll announce when it’s ready. Right now, we’re currently getting the Skullvines books up there while we wait on other companies’ products to arrive. Once it’s live, we intend to kill the bookstore at the Skullvines site – it will go back to descriptions of our titles with links to buy at the store. There’s really no sense in running two bookstores, selling identical products, when they come from the same place.

Oh! And CLICK HERE to go to the new forum. I believe the bugs are worked out, but let us know if you find any. This one is also more compatible with various browsers, where the old one wasn’t.

We appreciate your understanding and patience. We’ll try to make everything as smooth as possible, and in the end, we believe it will have improved things. We’re expanding, after all, and just in time for the 3rd anniversary of Skullvines Press!


R.I.P. Vic Mizzy

Posted in News with tags , on October 23, 2009 by Jerrod Balzer

I’m a few days late in posting this, but Vic Mizzy has passed. If it wasn’t for the catchy tune he’d created for the original “Addams Family” TV show, my childhood wouldn’t have been nearly as fun (and I still sing along with it when watching the show on DVD, and there’s a nice documentary with Vic in the special features).  Thank you, Vic.  You will be missed.

Don’t Blame Limbaugh…

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on October 15, 2009 by Jerrod Balzer

I clicked on THIS out of morbid curiosity of what Rush was spouting off about now, but I found LZ Granderson’s commentary pretty thought-provoking. I’m not really a sports fan at all, and the racial aspect of the column was interesting, but I especially liked the response to the phrase, “things ain’t what they used to be.”

How “if we take an honest look at this country’s 233 years, what we will find are moments of brilliance and triumphs, moral bankruptcy and hypocrisy and a great deal of denial and revision by everyone.”


R.I.P. Patrick Swayze

Posted in News with tags on September 14, 2009 by Jerrod Balzer

You put up a hell of a fight and will be missed.  Thank you for everything you’ve given us.

Gotta love the media!

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on August 13, 2009 by Jerrod Balzer

At 7pm, we’re getting ready to watch Big Brother on the local CBS station and a news anchorwoman cuts in: “A shooting suspect is on the loose in Quincy. We’ll tell you more at 10 o’clock.”

So… in the meantime… PANIC!

CONvergence schedule is up!

Posted in Events, News with tags , , on May 30, 2009 by Jerrod Balzer

Check it out over at Skullvines Press!

It’s going to rock!  I’ll be there with S.D. Hintz, Rich Ristow, Mark McLaughlin, Brian Keene, Roy C. Booth, and more!

British Fantasy Award longlist – Robin’s in there!

Posted in News, Robin Balzer with tags , , , on April 8, 2009 by Jerrod Balzer

Well, sort of.

I was looking through the British Fantasy Award longlist, and I saw that under the Best Comic/Graphic Novel category is Buffy Season Eight Vol. 2: No Future for You, by Brian K. Vaughan/Georges Jeanty.

First off, congratulations to Brian and Georges, and good luck.  Second, this volume has the #10 issue at the end, the one with Robin’s appearance.  So I thought that was really cool.

Anyone who missed getting the comic when it came out can hunt this down.  The Faith arc, “No Future for You,” is a great read and worth picking up, regardless.